By Silvia Baba Neal
Last minute tweaks to my conference paper takes me past midnight. I add a quote from Laurie Stone “perhaps every story worth telling . . . is a dare, a kind of pornography, composed of whatever we think we’re not supposed to say, for fear of being drummed out, found out, pointed out”. I’m doing a talk on the erotic and not in a theoretical way, but in a way that is owned and personal. Frankly, I’m terrified. At 3.45 am, as I ponder what to wear, I realise that I’ll never be dressed enough.
The IARTA Conference returned to London this year, after a brief interlude in Edinburgh. On my short walk from the station to the conference venue I allowed myself to wallow in the energy of London and to take in the dreamy romanticism of St Pancras’ station and marvel at the sheer scale of people in motion. I was gently pulled out of my reverie by a colleague calling out my name and joined the stream of faces, arms, bodies and hearts, relaxing as I might when I step over the threshold of my own home.
I knew nothing at all about this year’s key-note speaker, Margaret Landale, and so I arrived with no expectations about what she might have to say about the subject of embodied awareness. Later in the day I got to spend some time with Margaret and found out that she originally trained as a social worker in Germany. She has been involved in the field of body psychotherapy throughout her professional life.
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A personal reflection on the 5th Annual IARTA conference by Silvia Baba Neal
The IARTA conference has now established a reputation for persuading compelling and original voices advocating the inter-subjective/relational approach to address transactional analysts with a special interest in the two-person mode of therapeutic action.
Saturday November 18th, 2017
NCVO, 8 All Saints St., London N1 9RL
9.30am - 5.00pm (followed by our AGM)
For our 2017 conference, we are delighted to be joined by Margaret Landale, who will lead us in an exploration of the role of embodied awareness in relational ways of working.
The day will include a keynote, time in smaller groups and an open forum, as well as a panel discussion with Shoshi Asheri, Robert Downes and Steff Oates.
The 'UnBelonging' - Relational Perspectives On Inter-Generational Trauma - When The Personal Is Professional
Saturday June 28th, 2014
One day workshop with Helena Hargaden and Maya Jacobs-Wallfisch
Doubletree Hilton Hotel, Ealing, London
A Personal report on the workshop, by Carole Shadbolt:
I recently attended this excellent day, facilitated by Helena Hargaden, a founder member of IARTA and a Relational Psychotherapist, and Maya Jacobs-Wallfsich, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist.
In their introduction on the IARTA website they wrote;
IARTA was delighted to welcome the Keynote speaker for their 2013 annual conference, who was Dr Lew Aron. Lew spoke about some of the topics from his latest book co-authored with Karen Starr entitled A Psychotherapy for the People. He focussed in particular on mutual vulnerability in the therapeutic relationship and the concept of thirdness as well as offering a fascinating overview of the history and development of relationality in psychoanalysis.
The keynote speaker was Dr. Lew Aron (pictured right). Dr.Aron has received the New York State Psychological Association (NYSPA) Distinguished Service Award and the Division of Psychoanalysis (39) Leadership Award. He holds a Diplomate in Psychoanalysis from the American Board of Professional Psychology and is a Fellow of both the American Psychological Association and of the Academy of Psychoanalysis.
Lew was one of the founders, and is an Associate Editor of Psychoanalytic Dialogues and is the series editor (with Adrienne Harris) of the Relational Perspectives Book Series, Routledge and is the Editor of the Psychoanalysis & Jewish Life Book Series, The Academic Press.
This workshop, held in London and and at the EATA conference in Oslo, explored Berne’s ideas about games, alongside contemporary concepts like enactment. A pdf of the slides is available here.